CHP searching for suspect in hit-and-run

November 20, 2013

Staff Reports

LUCERNE VALLEY • The California Highway Patrol is searching for a pickup believed to be involved in a fatal hit-and-run crash last week.

Angelo “Andy” Azzato 47, was found dead Nov. 7 on the side of Highway 247 near Post Office Road after he was apparently struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver.

Authorities believe the crash occurred sometime between 5 and 10 p.m. Nov. 6. Azzato was riding a bicycle home from work, according to those who knew him.

Weekly booking logs - November 20, 2013

November 20, 2013

Weekly booking logs

The Leader publishes the names of those who are arrested in Lucerne Valley as well as Lucerne Valley residents who are arrested elsewhere in San Bernardino County, along with the reason for their arrest.

All information comes from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

BOOKING (DUI): On Nov. 11 at 2:25 p.m. in the area of Foothill Road and Santa Fe Trail, 40-year-old Luis Bandilla of Lucerne Valley was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. He was booked, cited and released early the next morning.

Lucerne Valley Clubhouse

November 20, 2013

Staff members of Pacific Clinic’s recently reopened Lucerne Valley Clubhouse: manager Mauricio Cruz, center, Ranne Raider and Diane Daniels. Peter Day / The Leader


Lucerne Valley Clubhouse is now open during afternoons Monday through Friday.

The location will soon have a snack bar and will be having potlucks, future outings, friends and family days, holiday celebrations, groups and more.

The Lucerne Valley Clubhouse is run by Pacific Clinics, which has other clubhouses in San Bernardino and Yucca Valley.

New bus schedules available at Market

November 20, 2013


The new Lucerne Valley bus schedule is now available inside the Lucerne Valley Market entry area near the phone.

There are several changes to the schedule that are designed to improve local bus travel for residents.

For instance, there is now a loop schedule for the north area cluster of homes for those going to the Market. The bus returns to the north area first before going to the Apple Valley Post Office for connecting buses.

This Week in HIstory: November 20, 2013

November 20, 2013

50 years ago (November 21, 1963):
• As Lucerne Valley’s population grew to 1,470 residents, the topic of zoning was addressed by the Chamber of Commerce. At the time, all of Lucerne Valley was zoned M-1 for limited manufacturing.
• John Medici was featured for his work as a bus driver and custodian at Lucerne Valley’s elementary school. He said he left his native land of Italy in 1924 because he “didn’t get along with Mussolini.”
• Shopping: A full Thanksgiving roast turkey dinner, including pie for dessert, was offered at O’Malley’s Y Cafe for $1.95.

What's Happening - November 20, 2013

November 20, 2013

Inland Counties Legal Services to visit Lucerne Valley

The Inland Counties Legal Services will be visiting Lucerne Valley at the Lucerne Valley Outreach Center, 32649 Highway 18 on Tuesday, Nov. 26. Check-in is at 9 a.m.
Services include collection defense, dissolution of marriage, paternity, District Attorney support matters and others. The organization does not handle criminal or traffic matters.
Services are free.
For more information, call 888-805-6455 ext. 4520 or 760-241-7073, ext. 4520.

Lucerne Valley Clubhouse

Commentary: A week of victory, tragedy

November 20, 2013

For the Lucerne Valley community, 2013 will go down as one of the most historic, thanks to the high school’s awesome football team.

Last Saturday, the Mustangs traveled nearly four hours to get to their nemesis, Thacher School, located in the scenic hills of Ojai.

Although the game wasn’t a blowout over the last team to defeat the Mustangs last year, the 36-20 victory was emphatic and sends Lucerne Valley on to the semi-finals of the 8-man championships.

The following comes from an avid Mustangs Football supporter:

Letter to the Editor: Where is the Sheriff's Blotter?

November 20, 2013

Dear Editor,

This is being sent to you in great disappointment about the lack of publishing in your local paper; The Lucerne Valley Leader.
As a prior resident (upwards of 15 years ago) I occasionally like to check thru the Sheriff's Blotter. Yes, I fully admit that I do scan to see if perhaps its a person of interest or even an old school mate.

Local youngster attends Strider event

November 20, 2013

ABOVE: Brody Geist waves to the crowd.


Oct. 12, 2013 was a day 4-year-old Brody Geist of Lucerne Valley will never forget.

The track, the smell of the grass, the competition from all over the world — Japan, Australia, Ecuador, India — but most importantly he will remember the 2013 Strider World Championship in Sarasota, Fla.

Brody has been competing in Strider BMX races for more than a year, mostly at local high desert tracks including XRoads BMX in Lucerne Valley, Apple Valley BMX and Hesperia BMX.


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